INLS843 Seminar in Public Libraries

We will spend most of our time discussing topics related to the subject. Our first few weeks will be spent thinking about why the public library exists, what its milieu is, and how the librarianship profession has related to it. Our goal will be to develop a nuanced understanding of the public library as an institution, a big picture appreciation of the concept, which will lead into a more fine-grained introduction to issues of concern to public libraries today.

There are four graded components in this seminar

10% Conversations:

Engage in discussion about the weekly topic

After having done the readings and written a reflection of what you have read, plan to discuss what others have written by participating in seminar discussions.

I know not everyone is chatty by nature, so you can fulfil this component by commenting on the postings made by your peers. There is no set format to what you write; it should just reflect your thoughts on the topic.

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Be engaged, either in the seminar or in your Sakai forum comments.

These are also informal postings. Feel free to add images, links, and any other thing you feel you want to bring to the conversation.

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For these tasks, the following grading standard will be applied. You may infer from the grade you receive that I felt the performance could be described in the terms in this table.

Points HPLF grade/PF grade Description
95-100 H/Pass A strong performance that showed interest in the topic and a willingness to share that interest with the group by offering additional information or insights (or that your consideration posting had attracted similar commentary from other students)
80-94 P/Pass A totally acceptable performance that reflected that one had thought about the topic (or that your consideration posting had attracted similar commentary from other students)
60-79 L/Pass A marginal performance that indicated that one didn't have much to say about the topic
below 60 F/Fail Total lack of participation

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